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Kane

Sweet snaps of the crew, Monica! :) 

 

It should be said that Monica was also supplying the rockhounds with vitamin B - as in brownies (Deb loved them!).

 

Malcolm and Greg were the first to arrive and opened up the hole from nothing but slump and overburden. By the time Deb and I arrived (with an actually smooth pass over the border), it was fully operational and ready for some slab carve-outs. We all worked steadily that day. Viola was having so much fun she didn't want to leave, and managed to convince mom to stay another 15 minutes. :D It was great to see everyone (and particularly to see @ischua out and about in the field again). 

 

This is a picture of the hole after the day was done:

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Kane

Deb and I stayed on for the following day and a half. One of my trip-makers was found on the Saturday: this quite large semi-prone Eldredgeops rana that will be a delight to prep. The pygidium is tucked underneath, so I might pedestal this one:

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Kane

By the end of Saturday, the bench was extended considerably. I'm standing on one end taking this picture, while Deb is at the other end. The slabs were getting tangled up and cross-bedded, so the going got a bit tougher.

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Kane

Returning for half a day on Sunday before having to return back to Canada, more bench extension. By the end of it all, we more than tripled the size of the initial bench and I couldn't fit it all into one shot. 

 

As I was only keeping full trilobites, mountains of 2/3 partials and other little goodies were given to the PD folks to hand out to the visitors, and we gave a bunch to the kids who came our way. A lot of that rock could be broken down further, but I wanted to leave those out to weather so that other visitors who may not have the tools or the ability could have a chance to find something delightful.

 

By the end, we managed to fill two 5 gallon buckets to the brim with full trilos, including a Bellacartwrightia cephalon in ventral position that may actually be a complete (but only some time at my prep bench will say for sure). As is usual, rollers outnumber prones, but both were well represented in our finds. Deb pocketed a few plump Rhipodomellas and other brachs we found along the way, while I was just pitching them aside. :D 

 

Overall, a good reprieve from teaching, and refreshes my supply of material for winter prep. Like Monica, I'll try to take some photos of the best dirty finds from the trip to add here. I still need to empty a bucket. Finds-wise, I think we came away with a little under a hundred trilobites, which is not the most we've found, but not the least in our times at PD. More would have been found, but the layers were fickle in pinching in and out like pulses.

 

With that much sledge-swinging and slab-flipping over the three days, I was pretty sore and moving slow the next day! A big shout-out to Jay for gifting me some wedges -- I couldn't have moved as much rock without them. :fistbump:

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Manticocerasman

What a delightful report :) great to see so many TFF members together having fun .

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Tidgy's Dad

Looks like a great trip, nice finds and lots of Forum Folk getting together. 

How wonderful. :)

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RJB

  A really good report.  Looks like a lot of fun had by all.  Wish I could have been there.   

 

RB

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Kane

Just a small selection of finds to follow...

 

* A little multi-plate with a full prone showing

* Ventral cephalon of a Bellacartwrightia showing its doublure.

* Possible complete Greenops barberi tucked in the shale (missing a few lappets :( ). 

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Kane

* Deb's first in the field repair. :) It seems to have shifted, so I'll be applying some acetone and resetting it.

* A few full rollers in need of liberation from the matrix

* A prone for prep

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Northern Sharks

Kane, the true Canuck!! Everyone else is bundled up in jackets and hats while Kane has just a T-shirt. I salute you, my friend. See you Sunday.

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Kane

* Possibly complete, or possibly missing their pygidia

* Just a roller that split right through, but I kept it for its internal crystallization

* Assorted other stuff for practice or parts

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Raggedy Man

Jelly!!! 

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Kane

* Another full (small) prone to prep

* Deb empties her pockets of some brachs.

 

@Northern Sharks - LOL. I tend to have a high body temperature. :P Already booked the motel in Clarington, and totally looking forward to our (looking to be chilly) big adventure in Bowmanville! :dinothumb:

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Walt
4 minutes ago, Kane said:

* Assorted other stuff for practice or parts

What's this?

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Kane

Nice one, Malcolm! I haven't had an opportunity yet to get to the prep bench. Looks like you're leading the way!

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Malcolmt

Ah Kane but the real adventure begins in the days before Bowmanville. A shame you and Deb are not joining us........

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Kane
Just now, Walt said:

What's this?

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A horn coral. They are numerous enough to get in the way! :D 

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Malcolmt

I only took three pics on the two day adventure with Digit. I thought I would post them for now in this thread since they were the start of the adventure with Kane , Digit and Tammy in Arkona, Ontario. 

 

Here is Tammy taking a break

 

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Ken (Digit about to show off his best side.....yet again

 

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